QUOTES about MARRIAGE and WEDDINGS

We are married, souls, bodies and brains, which is a treble marriage, united in one love, which I hope is not in the power of death to dissolve. Source: Mad Madge by Katie Whitaker

I don't mind that my wife lacks intelligence and knowledge; I married her for her good looks; I also have a harem of good books. Russell Forbes

Having once embarked on your marital voyage, it is impossible not to be aware that you make no way and the sea is not within sight; that in fact, you are exploring an enclosed basin. George Eliot

I realized I was a cretin of a man, when my wife trashed the saucepans I had bought her for Christmas. Bona

Married men are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not. Oscar Wilde

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife’s spirits. Anon

Marriage is the perfection which love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought. Emerson

Getting married is like permanently grafting your hand to the cookie jar. No matter how sweet those cookies may taste, you can't help but wonder what would have happened if you'd chosen some other dessert .. brownies, for instance .. or frozen yogurt .. or maybe chocolate strudel. Jerome P Crabb

After a while in marriage, it doesn't work anymore. There is something missing, there is something wrong. There are few marriages that stay alive forever. We like something, and after a while, we hate what we used to love. Monica Bellucci

Never marry but for love: but see that thou loves what is lovely. William Penn

A royal wedding is the joining together of two silver spooned parasites in order that they may propagate. Jane T. Kelp

A wife loves out of duty, and duty leads to constraint, and constraint kills desire. Jean Giraudoux

Marriage is the wastebasket for human emotions. Sidney Webb

Until we have a natural, that is, a conscientious world, it cannot be known by experience what natural law will do for the gratification of a supreme affection; but, if you will give me that world, there will be in it very few not called to marriage, provided society allows proper opportunities for acquaintance between marriageable persons. Joseph Cook

When a match has equal partners, then I fear not. Aeschylus

Man was not intended to live alone… marriage is the best cure for that wretched lingering over one’s work. I think I must feel more settled than you all. I would immensely like to see you all married like myself and anchored. John Everett Millais

I would be married but I’d have no wife; I would be married to a single life. Richard Crashaw 

A man’s bed is his cradle, but a woman’s is often her rack. James Thurber

Pick your furniture like you pick a wife. It should make you feel comfortable and look nice, but not so nice that if someone walks by, they want to steal it. Justin Halpern quoting his dad

Marriage can be compared to a cage: birds outside it despair to enter, and birds within, to escape. Montaigne

Marriage is the only evil that men pray for. Unknown

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. Mark Twain

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. Katharine Hepburn

Seeing unhappiness in the marriage of friends, I was content to have chosen music and laughter as a substitute for a husband. Elsa Maxwell

Getting married is very much like going to a restaurant with friends. You order what you want then when you see what the other person has, you wish you had ordered that. Michel de Montaigne 

A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude. Rainer Maria Rilke

One was never married, and that’s his hell; another is, and that’s his plague. Robert Burton

Choose in marriage only a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man.  Joseph Joubert

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.  George Bernard Shaw

That slow walk to that alter of eternal bonding is the time given to you by the Lord to change your mind. Calvert Beckham

Following a quarrel; having proved that you were right; it is prudent to apologize to your wife. Bona 

Oh! How many torments lie in the small circle of a wedding ring. Colley Cibber

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner. Charles Caleb Colton

The chains of marriage are so heavy that it takes two to bear them, sometimes three. Alexandre Dumas Fils

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary. Oscar Wilde

The married state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life. Richard Steele

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is based on the theory that when a man discovers a particular brand of beer exactly to his taste he should at once throw up his job and go work in the brewery. George Jean Nathan

It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination. Samuel Johnson

I would advise no man to marry who is not likely to propagate understanding. Samuel Johnson

A man should be taller, older, heavier, uglier, and hoarser than his wife. Edgar Watson Howe

Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye. Thomas Fuller

Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hurst and his longtime mistress Marion Davies were prevented from marrying by Hurst’s Catholic wife’s refusal to grant him a divorce. Still, Well-anchored in her position, Ms Davies quipped: “Love doesn't need a wedding ring. Why should I run after a streetcar when I was already aboard?” Quote cited in: Anything Goes 

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. Benjamin Franklin

Wives are young men’s mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men’s nurses. Francis Bacon

Wife: “You never say you love me” Husband: “I told you I loved you on our wedding day, if that changes, I'll let you know.” Ronnie Barker

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make … not just on your wedding day, but over and over again … and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife. Barbara de Angelis

Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless and cannot. Oscar Wilde

An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband. Booth Tarkington

Some women marry houses. It’s another kind of skin; it has a heart, a mouth, a liver and bowel movements. Anne Sexton

One of the great illusions of our time is that love is self-sustaining. It is not. Love must be fed and nurtured, constantly renewed. That demands ingenuity and consideration, but first and foremost, it demands time. David Mace

I don’t buy this idea that you can love someone enough to marry them and then feel no affection for them at all when it is over. … Shame on you if you feel like that. You try, and if you fail, you move on. No regrets. Quote from: Jeremy and Amy by Jeremy Keeling 

Some of the unwritten rules of third world arranged marriages are: The girl must be younger than the boy by at least one day. This is so that he can assert his authority. It is also in order that the girl should be molded, meaning she will adapt to the boy’s family ways of doing things. … The girl should be shorter than the boy, even wearing heels so the couple will be aesthetically pleasing when standing together. The boy can gel up his hair to gain extra height. The girl should be less educated than the boy. The husband should be able to say, in response to any question, “It is because I am your husband and I am more educated than you, so I must be right; do not question me. Quote source: Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra 

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. Martin Luther

To make a vow for life is to make oneself a slave. Voltaire

The institution of marriage is just formalizing an emotion, an attempt to make it seem permanent. The emotion will last or it won't last; nothing can guarantee it. Joyce Carol Oates

Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes. Robert Louis Stevenson

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl. Donald May

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal and exhausting condition until death do them part. George Bernard Shaw

Nineteenth-century geologist Thomas Sibley unhappy with a couple he had hired as domestics, once wrote to his mother: “the woman is dirty, and so are her two small children whose cries not infrequently go far to disturb the equanimity of even as old a bachelor as myself. In truth, I begin to think seriously of taking unto myself a wife.” Quote by Thomas Sibley

One year of joy, another of comfort; the rest of content, make the married life happy. Thomas Fuller

Age and wedlock we all desire and repent of. Thomas Fuller 

An agreement is never reached in love. The life of a wife and husband who love each other is never at rest. Whether the marriage is true or false, the marriage portion is the same: elemental discord. Jean Giraudoux

A man who marries a woman to educate her falls a victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him. Elbert Hubbard

Nothing to me is more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a new married couple; in that of the lady particularly; it tells you that her lot is disposed of in this world; that you can have no hopes for her. Charles Lamb

The fundamental trouble with marriage is that it shakes a man’s confidence in himself, and so greatly diminishes his general competence and effectiveness. His habit of mind becomes that of a commander who has lost a decisive and calamitous battle. He quite trusts himself thereafter. H. L. Mencken

It is true, that all married men have their own way, but the trouble is they don't all have their own way of having it. Artemus Ward 

Anecdote: Living as a couple never means that each gets half. You must take turns at giving more than getting. … There are seasons, I think, in the life of a couple, that are a little like a night watch. One stands guard, often for a long time, providing the serenity in which the other can work at something. … One goes inside the dark place, while the other one stays outside holding up the moon. Source: One Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi 


Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.

When the wife of hearing impaired columnist Henry Kisor is asked the rude question, “What is it like to be married to a deaf man?” she responds, “I don't know; I've never been married to anyone else.” Source: What's that pig outdoors? A memoir of deafness by Henry Kisor

Marriage: May there be such a oneness between you that when one weeps the other will taste salt. Unknown

Marriage is a friendship recognized by the police. Robert Lewis Stevenson

A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife. Thomas Fuller

Getting married is like putting one’s hand in a bag containing 99 serpents and one eel. Source: Sir Thomas More

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures. Samuel Johnson

Getting a divorce is nearly always as cheerful and useful an occupation as breaking valuable china. Rebecca West 

The first bond of society is marriage. Cicero

Warren Beatty once quipped that the best time for a wedding was noon, because if the marriage didn't work, you hadn't screwed up the entire day. Source: Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America by Peter Biskind

Of all the actions of a man’s life, his marriage does least concern other people, yet of all the actions of our lives, ‘tis the most meddled with by other people. John Selden

Accident counts for much in companionship as in marriage. Henry Adams 

I don't want flowers on our wedding anniversary; I just want him to remember it. Anonymous

Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life. Unknown

My wife is so stupendously ugly it is easier to take her with me than to kiss her goodbye. Max Miller

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other. Though it’s disorderly, it is not dull. Besides, neither of them loses anything by my infidelity. Anton Chekhov

I hate married men. They never make any sacrifices to the arts, but are always thinking of their duties to their wives and families or some rubbish of that sort. Comment by J.M.W Turner.

Marriage - a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering. Roger Price

The bride is a woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her. Ambrose Bierce 

One of the main conveniences of marriage is to be able to pass a visitor whom one can’t stand along to one’s wife. Lichtenberg 

Those marriages generally abound most with love and constancy that are preceded by a long courtship. The passion should strike root and gather strength before marriage be grafted on it. Joseph Addison

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness. William Penn

An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her. Agatha Christie

You need only do three things in this country to avoid poverty - finish high school, marry before having a child, and marry after the age of 20. Only 8 percent of the families who do this are poor; 79 percent of those who fail to do this are poor. William Galston, Clinton White House

Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing. Bible

Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same. Erica Jong

Husbands are chiefly good lovers when they are betraying their wives. Marilyn Monroe 

Singer Ethel Merman, after several attempts at marriage, said she planned to remain single for the rest of her life. Her reason: she “knew” no man would ever be faithful, and she could not bear the constant sense of betrayal. In her memoirs, her chapter entitled “My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine” was followed by a blank page. Quote origin: I got rhythm! The Ethel Merman story by Bob Thomas.

Pulitzer-prize-winning writer Edna Ferber never married. Those men, she said, who wanted to marry her she did not wish to marry, and vice versa. She added that the striving to marry was a bit like how she imagined drowning must be: once one stopped struggling, it probably became a lot easier. Quote from: Ferber, a biography by Julie Goldsmith Gilbert

The only solid lasting peace between a man and his wife is doubtless a separation. Lord Chesterfield 

My dad was for his time, far less autocratic than many men during the 1950 s. Always a hard worker outside the home, he often gave Mom “a helping hand” with the housework, and spent a good deal of time with my brother and me. Still, apparently during the days of their early marriage, when food shopping with our mom, Dad viewed himself as having the right to decide what was to be purchased. Thus, if Mom took an item off a shelf to have a look at it, he would frequently take it out of her hand, saying “You don’t want that.” I recall, when Dad came home from work, Mom would report the household tasks she had dealt with that day. Whenever she mentioned having done a wash, he would say, in all seriousness, “You did not do that wash; the washing machine did it”. Decades later, Mom often marveled aloud at the memory of having accepted such treatment. Quote source: Bonnie Kane 

Like blood, like goods, and like age, make the happiest marriage. Thomas Fuller

Who marries for love without money has merry nights and sorry days. Thomas Fuller

DEFINITION and MEANING
Marriage and wedding are joined in that they involve interleaving of two separate lives.  The warp and woof of the cloth will be based on age, experience and abilities of both parties. A wedding constitutes documentation of this decision by two hitherto unbound individuals to do their utmost to mold their bond into a lifelong union. 

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